What do you get when you put off creating a travel checklist, and packing by the last hour? The answer is a bag stuffed with clothes you won’t need and crammed, unzipped in some places, with travel “essentials”. Apart from the bumps and on the back brought about by the misplaced sunscreen, everything seems to be fine, that is, until you get to the beach and remember that your slippers are still sitting on the bottom shelf in your room.
Just when you thought that packing would be the least of your worries, you are lost in your closet trying to figure what clothes tri bring. Don’t your trip turn into a nightmare just because of irresponsible packing, here are some of the essential travel clothing you need to have in your bag. Plus, we’ve got some travel packing tips just for you!
What to Bring:
Regular shirts and tank tops
Pack at most three casual shirts that could serve as your lifesavers, still taking into consideration how long you’ll be travelling for. Go for basic, non-print shirts that won’t be too memorable and are easy to pair up with anything. If you’re going to the beach, it goes without saying that tank tops are a must.
You never really know if you’re going on a night out or a date with someone you met along the way so adding something fancy wouldn’t hurt the very little space you have in your bag. For the ladies, the little black dress works like magic on any occasion while the guys can wear crisp (and hopefully ironed) button-up, a nice pair of pants and shoes that match.
Sweater or jacket
No matter where you’re going, always have a sweater, pullover or jacket in your bag. you can’t always rely on the weather updates to be correct so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Scarf or sarong
Scarves and sarongs are very versatile pieces that you can never go wrong with. On cold days, these long stretches of fabric can add an extra layer of warmth. On summer days, if you need shade, put it over your head. You can also use it as a wrap around or it can double as a reliable beach towel.
Jeans have and always will be an essential especially for long-haul travels. There are some countries that aren’t too comfortable with people wearing shorts while some countries abhor it altogether. If you’re travelling from one different capital a time, a good pair of jeans will are a safe bet and an even safer bet would bet getting dark ones that you can easily match with anything.
Any trip will not be complete without some shorts to accompany your travels. They’re easy to easy to wear, easy to pack and also very comfortable for days out adventuring in a cave, touring the metropolitan or relaxing by the beach.
Can we all just agree to pack swimwear even when we have no initial plans of swimming? I’ve experienced a couple of trips I where I didn’t bring any as I told myself that I wasn’t even taking a dip and absolutely regretted it. Once I got there, the water was beckoning me for a plunge, and I couldn’t do anything.
Sandals and Shoes
From top to bottom, you’ll need protection. Have a reliable pair of shoes with you for travelling to anywhere in the world. To give the shoe dilemma a solution, choose the type of shoes you’ll bring in accordance to the type of travel. A vacation will only need you to bring some casual shoes while business trips will need formal and more dressy types.
Travel Packing Tips
Here are even more tips about travel and clothes:
Keep in mind of the place you’ll be visiting. Dress appropriately and respect the country or city’s culture and traditions. Some countries are more conservative than others; learn the dress code so you don’t offend anyone.
If you need reminding, pack clothes according to the time of the year. For the colder seasons, choose clothes that you can layer up and down. Alternatively, thin and loose clothes are more applicable during warmer days.
Comfort is everything. No matter how good it looks, if it doesn’t fit well. don’t use it. Always choose to comfort over style. You certainly won’t be running a fashion show anyway.
If you’re going on a long vacation, then chances are, you’re going to have to repeat some clothes and no one is going to care. If you’re staying for a definite amount of time, then you can already plan your clothes on when and how they will be worn
Versatility is key to packing light. Pack clothes that you can mix and match and reuse in a different way.
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